Bikes guns and shine

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Rabbot, Jul 22, 2012.

  1. Rabbot

    Rabbot rain+superbike=adventure

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    Been away from the computer for a few days. Finished the summer off by going to the beach for a week. I'm going to try to wrap up my portion of this report and hand it off to Todd for his wrap up. Without further adieu...

    We roll into Silverton and it is evident we are not the first to arrive.
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    The location is awesome. There are no bad ways to get to Silverton. We mingle for a little while and then decide we need to procure some beer. Roland says he knows a really cool brewery in down town. ( of course he does ). Scott, Roland and I head off down the main street sans gear, since the speed limit is 25 mph. i figured if I'm willing to ride my bicycle down hill at speeds close to 50 mph wearing what what has the protective quality of my underwear, I should be able to survive a mishap, should one occur, in shorts, t shirt, and flip flops. Passed some cool stuff on the way there.
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    Well the beer sucked. Good thing we sampled it first. We needed to find someplace else to stock up. We talked about heading off to the liquor store. About that time we started to hear thunder. Scott and I took a look out side and decided we needed to make tracks back to the rally central and the cover of our room. We prodded Roland a couple of times then gave up and left him for dead. The rain began very subtly for the first minute then started to pour right as we got back to Rally central. We were cracking up thinking about Roland riding down the street in it. Next came hail.
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    So kind of worried about Roland. We don't see him for a while not sure where he took shelter till I hear someone talking about a crazy Canadian who parked his bike in a river near the beer store. I knew it had to be him. I asked if they had a picture so I could identify the body and this is what they showed me.
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    Yep that's him.

    Scott and I make a beer run, more like a walk and stock our fridge. This should take us through the first night.
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    Have I mentioned that we are raging alcoholics at this point. My Liver literally growls by 4pm every day.

    Ready for the first night. Time to meet some of the other crazies who are calling this place home for the next few days.
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  2. Rabbot

    Rabbot rain+superbike=adventure

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    So the first night Big John our fearless leader, describes a number of organized rides being led the next morning. His "Big Bike, Easy Ride" sounds like the ride for me. He described it to the best of my recollection as follows; "I rode this entire ride last year 2 up with my wife on my VStrom last year. We started with 19 bikes and 17 dropped out due to difficulty, but it is all rideable. If you come you will ride through what I believe to be the most scenic areas of the entire state. It will be mostly dirt FS roads with a little pavement thrown in. It should take us about 7 hours."

    Have a pow wow with Todd, Rolland, Scott and Brandon. We all agree this is the route for us. We decide to get the route and tackle it on our own. For some reason, Todd Volunteers to lead a ride. He describes it as the "Fast Big Bike Easy Ride any one is welcome we will take the same route as Big Johns gang only a more spirited pace." Ok cool.

    Morning comes and we line up I think we had a total of 12 takers on the "Todd led ride" when Todd comes up to me and says, "Since I'm riding two up, I think it would be better if you lead, Lori and I will bring up the rear." Wha? OK off we go to I don't know where. Just trying to find the first turn for Corkscrew Pass and I'll make it up as I go. Fortunately, for me Todd2, who is riding a DRZ had been over Corkscrew the day before. After a false stop and corrected by Todd2 I find the turn. My Mama didn't raise no dummy so I talk Todd2 into taking the lead, till we get back to pavement. Todd2 did a great job keeping the group together. Here are some pictures I took of the back country we rode through that morning.
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    The route took us over Corkscrew, Cinnamon, California, Owl Creek, Passes. I may have this messed up but my memory is getting fuzzy at this point. Maybe Todd has better notes and can clear this up.

    We stopped in Ouray? for a celebratory beer and then head back for the festivities.
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  3. Rockin Rollin

    Rockin Rollin Rockin Adventurer

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    So by the way, it was the liquor store I got stranded in (Note the extra bottle in hand, BlackBerry Brandy). The rain & hail was brutal :dogand then a flash flood started coming down the street. At one point it was washing up over & splashing thru the middle of the rim. When the rain actually stopped the flood level actually kept going up for a while also. Finally I just couldn't wait any longer. :beccaThere was no way around it and I had to wade thru the deeper section first to get to where I am standing.:dood
  4. advtenn

    advtenn Long timer

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    Well Rob, looks like we are finishing up here! I have few photos of the our "Big John, fast, big bike easy ride" :eek1 Thanks for the route Big John:deal


    Here comes a wild man blowing his train horn, Eh! I nearly did a childish thing in my pants just then. :eek1

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    Here comes Ruben!
    The folks in the jeep are either looking to see if he is going to ride that bike up that hill or "what the heck is that lime green thing he is wearing"
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    Head count at top of Hurricane Pass.
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    "are we really this high?":huh

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    Here is where "riding solo" the other Todd, and Rob are making plans for the next stop. Herding cats ain't easy!:lol3
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    Finally made it to Owl Creek Pass. another photo op stop...
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    Headed home...The last pass on the Million Dollar Hwy.:cry
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    Eh! The train guy again.
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    One last look back, until next year.:D
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    Lori and I decided to ride one more Pass before dropping her off in Denver. We couldnt resist..it was on our way.:wink:
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    THE END!
  5. Cuttle

    Cuttle twisted

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    What, no embarrassing party pics???? :huh



    looks like a great trip....
  6. JaxObsessed

    JaxObsessed Endeavor to persevere.

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    SAY IT AIN"T SO!!!!!

    Epic trip!!! Gorgeous pix Y'all!!!! :thumb

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  7. Rabbot

    Rabbot rain+superbike=adventure

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    Till next year Big John, we toast you.
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    Thanks to you and your team for all your hard work.

    Note there are no incriminating photos of me with white lightning.

    Thanks to my riding partners, Rueben, Roland, Brandon, Scott, Todd2 and all the the others who rode with me on the Big Bike Easy Ride. Special thanks to Todd and Lori.

    Thanks to all of you for following along. It was one hell of a ride.
  8. advtenn

    advtenn Long timer

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    Uhhhhhhh! We lost them?:wink:

    Thanks for following along JO!
  9. Rockin Rollin

    Rockin Rollin Rockin Adventurer

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    Great report guys:clap

    Here are a few cool pics I've got of the between rallies (West fest & RMAR) ride. The pics taken at the time of the rallies are posted on the rally threads if anyone is interested in seeing them. I put a direct link at the end of this post.

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    So you can obviously see I am substantially taller than Rob. But lookit freakin Brandon & what, was he standing closer to the camera???

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    Me making a 3 course dinner for the guys.:dg
    I am such an awesome cook! :yum
    3 Freeze dried mountain meal packs & a Jet boil. :nod
    Oh & we were waiting for Scott but He was having beers & a steak dinner. He did bring leftovers. That was course # 4. :yum
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    Such a great time. Thanks guys!!!:D :clap :freaky :thumb :nod :wave :wings :rayof :ricky :dj :jack :p3rry :happay :kumbaya :beer :dutch :thumbup

    Here is a direct link to the pics taken at the rallies;

    Westfest: http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?p=19361898#post19361898

    RMAR: http://www.advrider.com/forums/showpost.php?p=19361898&postcount=814
  10. Rabbot

    Rabbot rain+superbike=adventure

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    Will you upload these to Scott's share site. That's next on my list now that I've finished the ride report.
  11. Rockin Rollin

    Rockin Rollin Rockin Adventurer

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    These are the: "Best of", the other ones I already posted there.:deal
  12. knybanjo

    knybanjo kinda slow

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    Great stuff!!

    I've missed not riding those passes this summer...just might have to go back to RMAR in 2013! :freaky
  13. bumknee

    bumknee Work Hard, Play Hard

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    Great Riding. Great Guys to Ride With.

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  14. Rockin Rollin

    Rockin Rollin Rockin Adventurer

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    One more pic from at the Rally.
    After getting stranded in the liquor store & coming out to a flash flood. First I was waiting for it to go down but it kept going up.:eek1
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  15. LuluOfDenver

    LuluOfDenver The peanut gallery.

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    HO. LY. SHIT! Hahahaha! I was holed up in a cabin when that happened, and totally missed the river flowin down main street! At least you had beer to get you through.
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  16. Mark_O

    Mark_O Drain Bamaged

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    Great report guys. Good seeing you again last week.
  17. Pablo83

    Pablo83 Sleep, Wrench, Ride

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    I knew I had this pic somewhere, but I couldn't remember where. I just ran across it. I don't remember exactly where this is, I think it's north of Tarryall, but it's been so long since I've ridden past it that I can't remember.

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  18. Laconic

    Laconic Hapless Rube

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    Looks like you guys had a helluva trip. Thank's for all the great pics!
  19. ETrider

    ETrider Gawker

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    Enjoyed reading the report guys. :thumb Awesome pics of some beautiful scenery! :clap
  20. neiton2b2

    neiton2b2 DR350 S

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    Looks like a excellent trip! Great times.
    Thanks for the pics.